The horrific terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand have inspired thoughtful reflection on the effects of anti-Muslim rhetoric, but it’s also, somehow, inspired hateful doubling down. One public figure who did not offer even the minimal “thoughts and prayers” was Frasier Anning, an Australian senator with a history of targeting immigrants. Anning went in front of cameras to blame the Muslims victims for inspiring the wrath of white supremacists, calling them “the real cause of bloodshed.”
So it was, for some, fairly satisfying to see Anning get hit in the back of the head with an egg by a teen.
The incident called to mind the famous video of bigot king Richard Spencer being cold-cocked by a random passerby on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The difference, though, was Anning then immediately punched his egg-wielding assailant in the face, only to fall down while others tried to restrain him. The teen was dubbed “eggboy” and called a hero for standing up to prejudice in the loopiest way possible.
One person who was not smitten with Eggboy? Dean Cain. Yes, the least of the former Supermans. Cain played the Man of Steel on ABC’s modestly-liked ’90s show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and has since enjoyed a second life as an outspoken Hollywood conservative, regularly going on Fox News to support Brett Kavanaugh and appearing in far-right movies like God’s Not Dead and Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. (That’s in between Hallmark fare like The Dog Who Saved Summer.)
One must never mistake an actor for their most popular role — see: Kelsey Grammer — and in case anyone confused Cain with a do-gooding alien, the actor, tweeting late night Saturday, removed all doubt.
Those who weren’t aware that the former Clark Kent was neither holier than holy nor a very good journalist received a rude awakening.
People also noticed Cain went on a bit of a blocking storm.
And so wraps up one of the saddest but also one of the strangest weeks in memory. Could anyone have imagined, last Sunday, that Aunt Becky from Full House would have been involved in a college admissions scam and that the Superman you forgot existed would have bragged about beating up a teen? Once more, this is the weirdest timeline.